A walk-in shower is the perfect idea for those of you who cannot afford the luxury of a tub due to size, cost or maintenance restrictions. It allows for a quick shower when you may be in a great hurry, and can be accommodated into the smallest of bathrooms due to the variety of sizes it is available in.
Furthermore, the styles and types walk-in showers are available in are huge. As such, they can easily lend elegance and luxury to your bathroom, regardless of the size of the bathroom. Another great benefit of these is that they do not wet the whole bathroom. They are compact cubicles that come with glass enclosures, which means the rest of your bathroom remains unaffected while you enjoy your shower. On the other hand, several of you may not want to buy a ready-made one, but build one or carve out an area in your bathroom yourself. Here again, a basic idea of what the standard dimensions of walk-in showers is required.
The standard dimensions are as follows:
Rectangular Walk-in Shower: 32 inches (width) x 48 inches (length) x 72-84 inches (height)
Square Walk-in Shower: 32 inches (width) x 32 inches (length) x 72-84 inches (height)
Since the standard sizes are pretty small, ensure that the door to the shower opens outward so that you can conveniently enter and shut the door to the shower. Because a lot of people find these standard dimensions too small for convenience, walk-in showers are now available in a variety of sizes; and they can be as luxurious or as minimalistic depending the area available in your bathroom.
Shower Enclosure for Two People
In some cases people like to have these shower enclosures for two people. For convenience, and to provide elbow room, a standard walk-in shower should be at least 36 inches wide. As such, for two people the enclosure will be 72 inches or 6 feet wide.
Choosing the Appropriate Walk-in Shower Size
The standard dimensions of walk-in showers are not convenient for many. The standard variety is also difficult to clean, thereby causing inconvenience to those who invest in them. The size should therefore, depend on personal requirements and comfort rather than what is assumed to be standard. In fact, a lot of people are now considering building custom walk-in showers in order to accommodate their requirements. This means, they can build them with seats, or have the entire shower area tiled, without having to buy or succumb to standard shower enclosures and cubicles.
Another type of design that people are now taking interest in is the doorless walk-in shower. These are proper enclosures that allow for numerous personalized designs. The seat, the flooring, the tiles, and materials for the enclosure can be all customized to suit personal taste. Here the dimensions will again be as per your requirements and not the standards.
Instead of purchasing a ready-made walk-in shower enclosure or cubicle, it is easier to simply have one built. It is after all an enclosed bathing space. Why not build it as per your desires and create a luxurious space to bathe in, even if it is for a few minutes?
~Decide on an appropriate spot, preferably a corner for the walk-in shower.
~Decide on the size you want. Remember that it should adhere to the minimum standards; if you have the space it can definitely be larger than the standard.
~Decide the position of the shower. It should ideally be placed across a solid wall so that the water does not enter the dry area in the bathroom.
~Choose appropriate flooring for the enclosure. For instance, for an exotic look you could opt for pebbled tiles that give a massage like effect when you stand on them. Try and choose anti-skid flooring tiles for safety.
~Enclose the space with clear glass, frosted glass, stain glass, glass bricks, bamboo, or other such materials.
And this is how you can create a beautiful design for yourself. It does not matter what the standards of bathroom walk-in showers are; even the few minutes you spend bathing should be comfortable for you.